SMUD, Cal Expo and the California State Fair welcome Olli, just in time for Kid’s Expo on April 6 and April 7, 2019 . Two self-driving shuttles will pick up people from the parking lot and will bring them to the gates beginning this weekend and will continue at events through the 2019 California State Fair, July 12 thru July 28.
SMUD is a partner of the 2019 California State Fair and is responsible for bringing Olli to Cal Expo and the CA State Fair.
“We are excited to be a part of testing autonomous vehicles in Sacramento. Electric vehicles play a large part in helping us reduce our emissions and increase efficient mobility in the region. As we work to make Sacramento a hub of innovation for alternative vehicles, we look at all options and where those technologies can best be deployed,” Lupe Jimenez, SMUD.
Olli is the brain-child of Local Motors. The autonomous shuttle is an environmentally-friendly vehicle designed to change the future of mobility.
“Using Olli at events like this is another great example of how Olli can meet the needs of a mobile public,” Matthew Rivett, executive vice president at Local Motors, said of the shuttle’s deployment at Cal Expo.
“We continue to see success with this type of application for the shuttle, from Sacramento to Australia, where Olli is able to serve riders in a safe, efficient and completely autonomous way. We’re excited to introduce Cal Expo visitors to a self-driving future.”
Before you hop on Olli, all riders must first sign-up at rideolli.com
. Riders will receive a QR Code by email and will be ready to ride.
An Olli spokesperson and a SMUD spokesperson are available for interviews on Friday, April 5, 2019. When:
Friday, April 5, 2019 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Who:
SMUD, Local Motors, Cal Expo and the California State Fair Welcome
Olli, a self-driving shuttle
What: Take a ride on Olli
Where: Enter Cal Expo on Challenge Way to the Blue Gate
Visuals: Get video and pictures while riding on Olli
For more information, please contact:
Darla Givens, CA State Fair Media Center (916) 247-2060
About the California State Fair
The California State Fair is an international award-winning fair, receiving top honors at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions out of more than 1,100 fairs world-wide. The California State Fair is dedicated as a place to celebrate the best the state has to offer in agriculture, technology and the diversity of its people, traditions and trends that shape the Golden State's future. We invite you to join us for the166th California State Fair,
July 12-28, 2019.